Letters: Pensions waylaying schools

Dear Editor,

Is anyone really surprised at the lack of tax money to build new schools? Has anyone given much thought to what might be causing it?

I recently watched a video from a TaxpayerWatchdog that has determined that taxpayers spend on average $5,800 per year on each government worker’s pension.

Think about it. We, who do not get private pensions, are paying $5,800 per year only for their pensions.

It doesn’t take a genius to see how unsustainable and absurd this is. Why should government workers get lucrative pension plans, paid for by those who don’t?

Unless governments (federal, provincial, and municipal) get this ludicrous spending under control, there will be no money for new hospitals, new schools, new universities, new anything.

Years ago, more than half of municipal taxes went to road maintenance, traffic lights, bridges, schools, hospitals, etc. Today around 70 per cent is spent on salaries and benefits for government workers.

It is no wonder that there is never tax money left over to pay for needed projects.

Jack Poolman, Langley

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